Michael Berkeley's guest is scientist Lewis Wolpert, who selects his favourite pieces of music. His choices include Noel Coward, Frank Sinatra, a late Beethoven quartet and Wagner.
Lewis Wolpert is a distinguished scientist -and a familiar lanky figure on his bicycle, cycling through the Bloomsbury traffic to University College London where he is Emeritus Professor of Biology.
His scientific research has been into the early development of the embryo, but he's a man with many other interests ? he's written books about depression, and recently a book about getting old ? and he's currently bravely embarking on a book about the biological differences between the brains of men and women.
He talks to Michael Berkeley about the happiness he feels in his eighties, and about his early life, and his decision to leave South Africa where he was brought up to be a 'nice Jewish boy'. His choices are wide-ranging: from Noel Coward and Frank Sinatra to a late Beethoven Quartet and Wagner.
Producer: Elizabeth Burke.
String Quartet no. 1 (1st movement: Lento)Ensemble: Talich Quartet.
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet in B flat, Op.130 (3rd mvt: Andante con moto ma non troppo)Ensemble: Lindsay String Quartet.
Gotterdammerung (Siegfried's Death and Funeral March)Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt.
Mad Dogs and EnglishmenSinger: Noël Coward.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Le Nozze di Figaro (Sull'aria... che soave zeffiretto)Singer: Véronique Gens. Singer: Patrizia Ciofi. Orchestra: Concerto Köln. Conductor: René Jacobs.
Embraceable You (Nice'n'Easy)Singer: Frank Sinatra.
A Hymn to Him (My Fair Lady)Singer: Rex Harrison. Singer: Wilfrid Hyde-White.
- Sun 19 Jan 2014 12:00